This past week the Saucon Valley School District campus was buzzing with a lively array of girls drenched with sweat and neon who ranged in the age from 7 to 13. Dozens of young ladies spent their mornings under the watchful eye of Brickhouse Strength owner and operator Chris Fluck. For the second consecutive summer, Chris and his staff once again introduced and taught some essential skills and techniques that are designed to enhance athleticism and, more importantly, attempt to help reduce the likelihood of injury. More and more studies support the unfortunate idea that female athletes are more prone to sports-related injuries than males. Chris realizes this problem and is again trying to do something about it.
A message from Chris:
The objective of this camp was to teach these young athletes proper movement skills for athletics. If we were able to accomplish this, the girls would not only move better but also decrease their risk for injury as they would do things in a safe and efficient manner.
Female athletes are often neglected when it comes to developing speed and agility. This is a mistake. The scary side of female sport participation is that they get devastating lower body injuries at a much higher rate than their male counterparts. Some research even indicates that these girls are as much as nine times as likely to suffer one of these injuries. With that being said, the focus was placed on the basic fundamentals of movement and safety. We worked on things like how to improve running technique and posture, how to land with the least amount of stress on the joints, how to change directions smoothly, and a few other items. Once these skills were taught, we then applied them to drills that might show up in the sport that they participate in.
This year we had a tremendous turnout and I wanted to thank the parents and athletes that signed up. We had 35 girls between the ages of 7 and 13 come out to learn a few things and have a little fun while doing it. The girls effort was great and I am sad to see this camp come to an end. It was a lot of fun. Thanks again to those who participated and we hope to see you again soon!
Good luck girls, the Source is with you!